Be Careful of High Risk Foods when Eating Out

Be Careful of High Risk Foods when Eating Out
January 23, 2013

We all like to assume that when we eat out, the food should be safe. While most restaurants do take careful precautions to protect their customers, there could always be contamination accidents and there could always be concerns that the restaurant just does not catch. 

When you decide to eat out, you certainly should not constantly live in fear of contamination or illness. However, you should know how to stay safe from food dangers. The best thing to do is know the high-risk foods that come with the largest chance of contamination and food poisoning. Then, you should always make sure that these foods are cooked thoroughly and handled properly by the restaurants.

Here are some of the common high-risk foods that you should be aware of any time that you eat out.


Meats should always be cooked thoroughly. Because of this, some restaurants will not even offer foods cooked rare. As a customer, you will want to watch out for undercooked meats, especially the following:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Casseroles or Curries that Contain Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Salads and Stews Containing Seafood
  • Ham
  • Salami

Always be careful of meats to ensure that they have been cooked properly when you eat at a restaurant.

Other Foods

Meats are not the only dangers when it comes to food safety when eating out. Here are a few more high-risk foods that you should pay special attention to when you eat out.

  • Eggs
  • Dairy Products
  • Rice and Pasta
  • Fruit Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Pasta Salad
  • Quiche
  • Custards
  • Cheesecake

When you eat out, the last thing you would want to do is get sick. The best thing you can do is just pay attention. If you know about the high-risk foods, then you can pay attention to them when you order just to ensure that they have been cooked properly and safely.